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Breaking Through - Pasadena Playhouse, 2015

An Insider's Look at Breaking Through

A Night With Janis Joplin - Pasadena Playhouse, 2015

Promo for One Night With Janis Joplin - Austin, TX 2013

Promos for "Love, Janis" -- Kansas City Repertory Theatre 2007

Interview from 99.7 KY (MP3: 5.75 MB)

Interview from KMBZ Segment 1 (MP3: 1.58MB)
Interview from KMBZ Segment 2(MP3: 1.16MB)

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Breaking Through

  • Los Angeles Times, 11/3/15, Charles McNulty
    “Kacee Clanton, who alternated as the lead in 'A Night With Janis Joplin' both on Broadway and at Pasadena Playhouse, has a luscious powerhouse voice that instantly raises the pulse of the production every time her character, Karina, a star quickly losing her bankability, drunkenly staggers onto the stage to haunt the other singers with her sorry story...” read more

  • The Hollywood Reporter, 11/2/15, Jordan Riefe
    “Kacee Clanton (A Night With Janis Joplin) makes a welcome return to the Pasadena Playhouse as Karina, a former hit maker who’s a tad too old for Scorpio and a Grammy nomination short of a new contract. Her second-act swan song, 'Breathe In,' is a showstopper, with Clanton belting out the long notes in a voice blended with heartbreak and bitterness...” read more

  • Eurweb, 11/3/15, DeBorah B. Pryor
    “Kacee Clanton returns to Pasadena Playhouse straight off her strong performance in 'A Night With Janis Joplin' this past summer. As Karina — a fading star at the fictitious Solo Records label, Clanton plays the hell out of this role, and she has a great voice to back it up. It was also nice( and unexpected!) to have her character be receptive to the incoming star, Charlie Jane, instead of the usual overplayed jealousy and hate that generally accompanies such an association. I found the relationship to be an honest one...” read more

  • Pasadena Independent, 11/4/15
    “Equally as mesmerizing is Kacee Clanton, who plays Karina, the washed-up pop star who tries to warn Charlie of the ravenous, cold nature of the music business. Clanton, who played alternate lead as Janis Joplin for the acclaimed musical A Night with Janis Joplin, owns the stage when she performs 'Letting Go' and 'Breathe In,' to the point where, when you realize her songs have ended, you immediately long for her return.” read more

  • Dine and Travel, 11/4/15
    “A ‘Dreamgirls' moment is when aging rocker, Karina, played by Kacee Clanton...is dropped from the record label. This brilliant actress and singer comes back to the Pasadena Playhouse after starring in A Night With Janis Joplin. When she sings 'Letting Go' and 'Breathe In,' the audience wants to give her a standing ovation..." read more

  • South Pasadena Now, 11/7/15, Alisha Hayashida
    “Slaying audiences once again with her authenticity and rock star voice is... Kacee Clanton, as the Joni Mitchell-esque rock star on her way down just as Charlie is on her way up. Clanton gives a brutal performance that is worth the price of the ticket.”

One Night With Janis Joplin

  • BayAreaPlays.com. By David John Chavez.
    "Clanton’s power was reminiscent of the Queen herself, with phenomenal renditions of...“Summertime,” “Ball and Chain.” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Cry Baby.” What is so interesting about watching Clanton in the role is we really feel that Joplin was able to give the audience one more night..." read more

  • Content Magazine. By Lam Nguyen.
    "Kacee...then makes her way on to the stage. Her performance is a completely different animal altogether and...defines the entire experience. She begins almost timidly, weaving in and out of moments that seem almost sheepish... Then, as the performance pushes on, you literally get to see Clanton’s Joplin go from shy young woman to full on, larger-than-life rock star. By the time you get to the first chorus, there is no mistaking who’s on that stage. She becomes Janis Joplin in a poignant, haunting, and almost painful two and a half minutes. She arrives in a form that dominates the rest of the show and leaves the audience speechless..." read more

  • Theatre Notes. By Paul Myrvold.
    "Ms. Clanton holds nothing back, just as Janis did, delivering her songs from the tips of her toes to the top of her head with its lion’s mane of auburn hair, investing the music with passion and wringing every bit of feeling out of each intense, vividly affecting moment..." read more

  • "Tears rolled down my cheeks when Kacee Clanton poured her heart into "Summertime" as the title character in "One Night With Janis Joplin" at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Her phrasings were perfect - the soulful wail; the urgent, staccato "no-no-no-no-no"; the notes torn from a raw, visceral core - all within an artful reproduction of Joplin's unique delivery." ~ San Francisco Chronicle. By Robert Hurwitt.

  • San Jose Mercury News. By Karen D'Souza.
    "The charismatic singer-actress, who will alternate in the lead role for the show's upcoming Broadway run, knows how to seduce a crowd as well as belt out a song. She's half diva, half earth mother and she summons up the iconic singer's unmistakable combination of grace and grit with breathtaking force. She connects with the music deeply and that sense of intimacy is the show's most intoxicating quality..." read more

  • Austin Chronicle, 8/12/2013
    "Clanton has mastered the singer's salty and sweet demeanor, not to mention that epochal wail. And with more than 20 musical numbers in the show, including all of the greatest hits, Clanton oozes Janis' loneliness, pain, and passion over and over again..."
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  • Broadway World, 7/21/2013
    "When she speaks, she's ballsy, honest, witty, and incredibly smart, with a touch of vulnerability and a tiny bit of self-doubt thrown in. When she sings, she's able to capture the Janis grit and rawness. When Clanton really lets loose with some Janis-esque ad libs...you forget for a moment that the person you're watching is an actress playing the Queen of Rock..."
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Album: "Mama Came to Sing"

This is the latest from... song stress phenom Kacee. I first met Kacee fronting for Big Brother and the Holding Co. (doin' Janis' legacy proud!). Next she toured with Joe Cocker. Now, spreading her wings you will find this CD full of great original rockers and soulful ballads that showcase Kacee's incredible talent...I expect nothing but a great future from my friend. What talent!!!
- - Blue Monday Monthly. Minneapolis, MN. April 2006.

Review from Hawaiian Chopper magazine says "... Since I first listened to this record, I haven't been able to get it out of my head! This is a must have for any rock & roller..."
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Love, Janis

"Look out! This mamma is packing heat..."
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-- "Love, Janis" By: C.W. Hanson. Kansas City / 50 & Better. March 2007

"...Clanton literally brought the crowd to our feet with her exacting portrayal of Janis' music and fervent performance style."
-- We "Love, Janis." The Broadway Blog. March 26, 2007
(click here to see the review on The Broadway Blog)

"Kacee Clanton is of a feather with Joplin in Love, Janis."
--"Get It While You Can" By: Alan Scherstuhl. The Pitch. February 15, 2007
(click here to see the review on pitch.com)

"...Clanton belted out Joplin's tunes with integrity and rasp."
-- "Play Depicts Life of 60s Rock Star Through Letters" By: Alex Peak. Kansas State Collegian. March 26, 2007

"Joplin's mannerisms and her mix of sweetness and vulgarity were captured to near perfection...by Kacee..."
- - Tony Perry, LA Times Theater Review, Rollicking 'Love, Janis' Does More Than Push Those Boomer Buttons

"Listening to you sing...you obviously have the vocal qualities down, but there's something else that you have down: Janis Joplin's voice was about emotion and feeling life, and you've got that down too.... I'll tell you what, girl, you can certainly sing. And Jon [Nichols], you can certainly play!"
- - NBC San Diego Morning News, July 2002 (excerpt of interview with Bernard Gonzalez)

"The 'Janis Joplin' rendition of 'God Bless America,' took the crowd...who attended the Excellence in Journalism Awards...by surprise, as Kacee..., who starred in...'Love, Janis,' at the San Diego Repertory Theater, delivered American patriotism with rare 'Janis' passion and style."
- - Laura Walcher, Journalism Awards Chair, San Diego Press Club Foghorn, J-Awards Starred San Diego Media

Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Kacee peels the paint off the walls and chews up the furniture. I mean, the woman is downright destructive..." (Read the full review)
-- Sam Andrew, Big Brother & the Holding Company. BBHC Forum. March 2010.

Kacee Clanton moves like Janis Joplin. When her rough 'n' tumble vocals work through classics like Summertime or Ball n' Chain, you'd swear it was the legendary blues lady singing... (Read the full article)
-- Andre Wetjen. eVent. Wednesday, July 23, 2008.

"...The crowd stood on its feet as Clanton sang the emotional 'Ball and Chain,' perfectly emulating the rough vocals of Joplin....Kacee was great....She is the closest thing to Janis."
-- Som Khamsaysoury. The Porterville Recorder. January 21, 2003.

"Kacee, who played in the Los Angeles production of the musical Love, Janis, did a superb job on the Joplin vocal showcases such as 'Summertime,' 'Piece Of My Heart' & 'Ball And Chain.' She has the rare ability to evoke & pay homage to Janis Joplin without imitating her."
- - Excerpt from review of Big Brother & the Holding Co., Borderline Club, London

"...cheering and calls for more...Kacee still wanted another go... and what could make the night even more fantastic than a ride in a 'Mercedes Benz'...drive on, Kacee..."
- - Concertverslag: Big Brother & Holding Company feat,17 maart 2003, Banana Peel, Ruislede - België, Auteur: Patrick Lagae. Translated by Bruce Becker.


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